Lake Zurich pastor, Fr. David Ryan, reinstated after investigated over sexual assault allegations

WLS - ABC 7 [Chicago IL]

February 11, 2023

A Lake County priest is being reinstated after he was removed last fall because of accusations he sexually abused a minor.

Father David Ryan serves at St. Francis de Sales in Lake Zurich.

Cardinal Blase Cupich released a letter Saturday saying there is not sufficient reason to believe the accusations and the independent review board recommended the case be closed.

The latest allegations came a year after the priest was reinstated after similar allegations were also found to be untrue.

Cardinal Cupich said Father David Ryan was assigned to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines during the time of the alleged incident, which is said to have occurred approximately 25 yea

At the time, an independent review board determined that there was “insufficient reason to suspect” Fr. Ryan had sexually abused minors 25 years earlier.

The cardinal said Father Ryan is being reinstated effective immediately.